Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer to sponsor blood drive at Eastern Hills Mall

Partners with Unyts to celebrate National Donate Life month
One blood donation can save up to 3 lives
Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life Registry

 

Williamsville, N.Y. – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be hosting an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Hills Mall Neighborhood Blood Donation Center.

 

April 19, 2013
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Ranzenhofer adds name to bill repealing NYSAFE Act

Joins 14 State Senators in calling for repeal of law
Writes letter to NYS Police Superintendent to discuss implementation
Intends to introduce bill to stop warrantless access to medical records

 

 

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that he has added his name as a co-sponsor to legislation (S3948) repealing the NYSAFE Act.

 

April 17, 2013
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Monthly Column: 2013-14 State Budget passes on time for third year in a row

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As your State Senator, I want to report that the third consecutive on-time State Budget has been approved– the first time that has happened in nearly 30 years.  The 2013-14 State Budget is a fiscally balanced plan that closes a billion dollar budget gap by controlling spending.

The new fiscal plan protects your household budget by avoiding tax increases.  In fact, it reduces, and then eliminates, a tax surcharge on your energy bills.  

April 16, 2013
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Statement on 2013-14 State Budget

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2013-14 State Budget. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has issued the following statement:

 

“The State Senate has finished passage of an early State Budget for the third year in a row – a first in over 30 years.  The 2013-14 State Budget is a balanced, fiscally responsible plan that closes a billion dollar budget gap without tax increases.

 

For middle-class families, the budget provides over $1 billion in tax relief over three years to make up for the value of child tax credits eroded by inflation and ensures the continuation of the lowest personal income tax rates in 60 years.

 

March 27, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Genesee County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects; Genesee county to get $275K more, 19 percent year-over-year increase

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), providing more than $275,000 in additional funding for infrastructure projects in Genesee County.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Erie County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Erie County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Monroe County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Monroe County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer backs “Grown in NY” plan

Plan aims to grow agriculture and family farms

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced his support for the “Grown in New York” plan.  The plan would strengthen the State’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 5, 2013
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Ranzenhofer joins colleagues to unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Restores STAR rebate checks for millions of New Yorkers
Increases tax credits to help struggling middle-class families

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) joined members of the Senate Republican Conference today to unveil the Family Tax Relief Act.  The plan would restore the STAR property tax rebate check program and increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation for more than 25 years.

March 4, 2013
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Monthly Column: It’s time to turn off the lights on energy tax surcharge

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

In 2009, the State Budget imposed an energy tax surcharge, known as the two percent utility tax, that has cost each and every ratepayer in New York State $2.5 billion over the last four years.  I voted against this tax surcharge because it hurt businesses, hindered job growth, and took more money away from families and seniors.

February 20, 2013
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Ranzenhofer opposes 2% utility tax extension

Surcharge set to expire March 2014
Executive budget calls for 5-year extension
Businesses, consumers to pay $3 billion more in taxes

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has announced his opposition to a five-year extension of the 18-a surcharge as proposed in the Executive Budget.  The energy tax surcharge is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

February 11, 2013
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Ranzenhofer gets committee assignments

Joins Finance as new member
Chairs Corporations for second consecutive session
Serves on a total of 8 committees

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee for another legislative session.

January 29, 2013
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Ranzenhofer honors Daemen President for role in promoting better access to quality healthcare

 

Amherst, NY - In a farewell ceremony to departing Daemen College President Dr. Edwin Clausen, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has presented Dr. Clausen with an official pen certificate commemorating a 2012 amendment to New York State law permitting college and university physical therapy faculty to form not-for-profit practices.

The new law was initiated by Daemen and received bipartisan support, carrying it through both houses of the State Legislature in a 164-0 vote as the 2012 Legislative session drew to a close.

January 16, 2013
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Monthly Column: While progress has been made, challenges still remain for Empire State

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As a new year begins, so does another legislation session, and with that, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his third State of the State address last Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.  While he emphasized the progress of the last two years, there are many remaining challenges ahead for the Empire State. 

The State Legislature has been able to work together– unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 58 years, and established Regional Economic Development Councils.  

January 16, 2013
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Statement on State of the State Address

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I- Amherst) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address: 

“Over the last two years, the State Legislature has been able to work together – unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to the lowest levels in 58 years and realigned investments towards job-creation initiatives, such as ReCharge NY and Regional Economic Development Councils.  Despite our fiscal house being put back in order, difficult choices remain ahead since the State still faces a $1 billion budget gap.  

January 9, 2013
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Ranzenhofer announces investments in local economic projects

Area projects among winners of Regional Economic Development Awards
Seven projects will receive almost $2.4 million in investment
Includes half-million dollars in infrastructure work for STAMP Project

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced that seven job-creation projects in the 61st Senate District will receive State funding as part of the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 19, 2012
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Monthly Column: Positive actions taken in 2012 to benefit taxpayers, local residents

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

In the past year, the State Legislature has taken a number of important actions and enacted numerous laws to benefit taxpayers all across the State and many local residents in Western New York.  

So, as 2012 draws to a close, I would like to highlight some of the legislative proposals, as well as state and local issues, that I have been focused on during the last 12 months. 

December 19, 2012
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Monthly Column: Burial privileges for murderers loophole closed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

More than three years ago, a horrific tragedy struck a Western New York family when a Tonawanda man murdered his wife in their own home.  It’s a shocking story that just makes your heart sink when you read about it in the newspaper. 

“Husband of slain Tonawanda woman arrested for murder,” read one newspaper headline.  But what wasn’t reported in any articles was another tragedy: a loophole in State health law would allow the murderer the sole rights to his victims’ remains since he had also been the spouse.

November 21, 2012
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New law stops murderers from controlling victims’ remains

Closes loophole in New York State’s public health law

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law domestic violence legislation (S.7638/A.10624) that included his bill (S.4124/A.7594) to close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.

October 25, 2012
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State Ophthalmological Society selects Ranzenhofer for 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award

The New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) has chosen State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer as the recipient of the organization’s 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award.

The annual award acknowledges one State Senator and State Assembly member for utilizing the legislative process to impress upon others the importance of maintaining the highest quality of medical eye care as a means of protecting and promoting the ocular health and safety of their constituents and all New Yorkers. 

October 19, 2012
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